The Wonder of You
So guys, you notice I spoke in my last blog about generation Z, the last letter of the alphabet. Is this portentous perhaps?
;) Well, we may be in the final chapter which seems all the more reason to make it memorable. (LoL) This is not business as usual, given the inauspicious events unfolding. 🤩 We are an intriguing blend of consciousness and biology, the relationship of which is yet to be understood.
Descartes’ “Cogito Ergo Sum” – “I think therefore I am” and his theory of Dualism,
a composite nature of material body and immaterial mind, were a great start to the conversation on this elusive subject. His uncertainty of the existence of other minds (Solipsism), Ludwig Wittgenstein attempted to resolve via the phenomenon of language
which he claims only exists in a public context. Syntax being comprehensible among individuals, demonstrates there are ‘other minds.’ Asking questions and recieving answers are obvious indicators.
Modern science on the other hand, believes
everything must have a physical cause, and perceives the mind as a byproduct of the brain with little recognition of a ‘self’. Consciousness is viewed as an emergent feature of brain properties. As such it advances the notion that cognition
is present in humans, animals and computers! Goodness gracious. (Lol) But as John Searle points out, computers may manipulate information but do not understand it. Virtual reality is not the real thing, and simulations are not the same as actual events! Furthermore
we are beings, not doings. 😉
The double-slit experiment clearly demonstrates that our thinking and perception without intended manipulation
of the environment, considerably alters the reality of things. It seems to be a highly interactive domain designed to respond to our thoughts and attention.
Undeniably, there are no simple explanations for what this precious gift called consciousness
is comprised. From my vantage point, it seems that bio-chemistry and thought are inextricably linked, with reciprocal effects on cognition, memory, emotions, aspirations etc. This is the magical mystery that makes us human. There appears to be a knowing
of self even among infants, who are capable of recognizing the departure of loved ones, and voicing vociferous protest. (LoL) We do know with certainty that awareness, not just information but experience, enhances our daily lives immensely. But life can become
so very busy that the pleasure of meaningful events is diluted or missed altogether. So how can we make the moments count?
Paradoxically, doing less when connected to your inner world, accomplishes more. One simple way of quieting the mind is to focus
on your breathing. If your mind is anything like mine (Lol), it’s like directing traffic at a major hub, with incoming and outgoing flights on multiple runways occurring simultaneously. (LoL) Though an albeit efficient one, ;) quieting the mind can be
a feat! Persistence is key. Here are a few steps to getting you started:
- Find a comfortable and quiet location to sit undisturbed by devices (phone, radio, tv) or persons.
- You can sit with legs crossed or on a chair, in a field, at the
beach, etc wherever you find comfortable, undistracting and pleasant.
- Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Inhale and exhale comfortably following the natural rhythm of your breath. If thoughts arrive, simply notice, and bring your attention
back to your breath. There are effective techniques that you will find helpful in the products offered here.
- Do this for 10-15 minutes each day to restore inner harmony and balance.
A peaceful mind is a potently productive mind. 🙂 Enjoy!
References: Great ideas of Philosophy (Philosophy of Mind)
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